Kazakhstan expands visa-free regime to 19 countries until December 31, 2017

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Starting from July 16, 2015 Kazakhstan expands visa-free regime for 19 countries, after the success of a pilot project.

The List now includes: Australia, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland and Japan.

Citizens of the above-mentioned countries are exempted from visa requirements for a period up to 15 days from the moment of crossing the state border of Kazakhstan. The visa free regime is valid until December 31, 2017.

Citizens of these countries may repeate

dly enter Kazakhstan but each time their stay may not exceed 15 days. If they need to stay longer they either have to reenter the country or need to get a visa.

Through the extension of the visa-free regime Kazakhstan hopes to:

  • Increase the inflow of foreign tourists to the country;
  • Increase the number of people wishing to attend major international events scheduled in the next two years, such as EXPO-2017 in Astana and the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty;
  • Attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) into Kazakhstan. The visa-free rules focus on the countries that not only invest in Kazakhstan, but also bring effective management and introduce new technologies into production.